Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and actress/liberal-activist Alyssa Milano met in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to discuss gun control and safety changes. During the discussion, the idea of a national gun registry was broached.
Milano was joined by Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jamie was killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland, Fla., and Ben Jackson, co-founder of #NoRA, an anti-NRA organization.
The trio of activists pressed Cruz to “please do something” to make changes to the current gun laws, while Cruz explained his positions and ideas for keeping guns in safe hands.
One point Cruz made was in opposition to a national gun registry.
Cruz said a gun registry could lead to buyback programs or gun confiscation, noting that 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke has already proposed a mandatory buyback of assault weapons.
Other arguments include concerns about how the registration will be enforced. Opponents of the idea contend that criminals won’t register their firearms.
“A majority of Americans supports banning the future sale of assault-style rifles but is against a federal gun-confiscation program that would force current owners to forfeit such weapons, according to a new Monmouth University poll,” National Review reports. “About 56 percent of respondents in the Monmouth poll supported banning assault-style weapons, while 38 percent opposed it.”
“Other gun-control measures tested in the poll garnered more significant bipartisan support,” the Review continues. “83 percent of those polled said they support comprehensive background checks for gun purchases. About 75 percent of respondents, including 59 percent of those who are NRA members, said they support ‘red-flag laws,’ which allow those close to an individual, such as family members, to petition a court to temporarily restrict the individual’s access to firearms if they believe the [person] poses a threat of violence. 62 percent also said they support establishing a national gun registry, a database of all guns in the U.S.”
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